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CNN
Jul 14, 2011 10:00pm EDT
quote and they sit around a table and everybody there. in reality what's going on is senator reid and senator mcconnell are kind of meeting in some closet off somewhere deep in the bowels of the capitol, scratching something on the back of the napkin kind of deal that's going to happen. one of these fascinating things of the way washington works. and this thing will probably happen and as jessica was saying
MSNBC
Jul 13, 2011 9:00am EDT
deadline. president obama warns about social security checks while mitch mcconnell says it is impossible to make with this president and calls for a hail mary punt. a legislative magic trick that just might get used. >>> president obama shatters fund dz raising efforts or did he? we'll cut through this morning's headlines about the campaign's big haul and tell you why we're a tad underwemed. >> >> dyou got to check the sel date, it's wednesday, july 13th, 2013. i'm chuck todd, an unbelievable hump day, feels like it's forever bigger here in washington, where i begin my first read this morning. it's the beginning of the end game for negotiations on the federal debt. with pessimism building that leerds will produce a deal and avoid default mitch mcconnell proposed plan c, a contingency, what i like to call the hail mary punt. he set the stage on the senate floor with this pretty rough attack on the president. >> after years of discussions and months of negotiations, i have little question that as long as this president is in the oval office a real solution is probably unattainable. >> mr.
CNN
Jul 30, 2011 7:00pm EDT
they're making progress. democratic senate leader harry reid and republican senate leader mitch mcconnell on the senate floor moments ago. look. >> today the speaker republican leader held a press conference to announce they're in talks with the president and that a bargain to raise the debt ceiling is in the works and is close. in president, members of the senate, that's not true. i just spent two hours with the president, vice president, and leader pelosi, and it's fair for me to say that the engagement there is not in any meaningful way. the speaker, republican leader should know that merely saying we have agreement in front of a few television cameras doesn't make it so. >> the fact of the matter is that the only way we're going to get an agreement before tuesday is to have an agreement with the president of the united states. and the only person in america of the 307 million of us who can sign something into law. and i'm more optimistic than my friend, the majority leader. we've both talked to the president today. talked to the vice president several times. i think we've got a chance
MSNBC
Jul 12, 2011 10:00pm EDT
the bachmann clinics, attempts to cure gay people. it's an ed show exclusive. mitch mcconnell and john boehner are getting hammered by the tea party for buckling on the debt ceiling debate. senate minority leader mitch mcconnell has proposed a deal to allow the debt ceiling to go up and take cuts to the big three off the table. mcconnell late today put out his last chance plan. >> i would advocate that we pass legislation giving the president the authority, the authority to request of us an increase in the debt ceiling that would take us past the end of his term. that is what he has said. he said he will not sign a debt ceiling that does not take us past the end of his term. >> so mcconnell's plan would allow republicans to vote against the debt increase, but it would allow the president to increase the debt. the downside for the righties? cuts to the big three would be off the table. that's been their mission all along. the tea party jumped all over mcconnell, right wing blogger eric rashgson said mitch mcconnell is making a historic capitulation. consider sending mcconnell a weasel. john boe
FOX News
Jul 14, 2011 6:00pm EDT
the problem. >> with time running out, there is some thought a backup plan from senate republican leader mcconnell may be the way to avoid default. a republican senator suggested it will prevail if it suits both parti' political imperative for the election. >> the game concocted to move past this debt creel something that democrats can basically say to their base, well, we kept spending in place. and the republicans can campaign on the fact that spending is still a problem. >> reporter: if something like mcconnell plan is the only option, white house officials say the president is willing to own it if others will not. trying to look like the only grownup in the room. shannon? >> shannon: i to ask about the backup plan. we hear critics of it and those who support it to say if we don't have anything better it's better than an all-out default. is that still on the table? >> conventionm wisdom is you need a deal between window of tomorrow and next friday. because of the procedural reasons with how long it takes to write the legislation and get passed. so we're getting into crunchtime. whether it's the
MSNBC
Jul 13, 2011 6:00pm EDT
but it is fun to watch. >>> and mitch mcconnell plays republican roulette with the economy. he says he refuses to help president obama. whatever happened to country first? >>> plus, don't believe the hype. president obama is money. a record hold shows a base still believes. >>> and the guy wh caught derek jeter's famous hit is here tonight. he gave back a ball worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. would you have done the same? welcome to the show. i'm al sharpton. tonight's lead, as president obama stands firm, republicans are melting down over the debt. tea party republicans are in full boil over senator mitch mcconnell's plan to give president obama the power to raise the debt limit populate this afternoon, john mccain backed his bud aye, mcconnell, but tea party politicians are furious. they don't care about the debt limit. here is tea party queen, michele bachmann. >> i know i'm raising the debt ceiling right now. because i've been here long enough thap i've seen a lot of smoke and mirrors in the time i've been here. >> the reaction to mcconnell's plan for the right wing base has even be
PBS
Jul 29, 2011 6:00pm PDT
these senators on the republican side are waiting for is a permission slip from senator mcconnell. he told them to hold back till boehner had his chance. hold back until the boehner bill came to the floor. that's all history now. the american people want us to move forward. they want us to come up with a bipartisan approach that doesn't have us relive this scene that we've seen for the past week over and over and over again, like the old groundhog day movie. we want to get this done in a way so that we can say the economy is going to move forward with a certainty that we're going to have a debt ceiling extension and we are not going to jeopardize it with this problem of self-imposed political problems and wounds that can be avoided. it's a shame. we waited all day. this morning senator reid went up to senator mcconnell on the floor and said, let's talk, let's work this out. nothing, nothing, all day long. not a word. and later, at the end of the day, a call from senator mcconnell, who said i'm not going to negotiate with you. that's unfortunate. the american people deserve better. and let me sa
MSNBC
Jul 13, 2011 3:00pm EDT
>>> good afternoon. it's wednesday, july the 13th, and here's what's happening. no deal for you. mcconnell balks, boehner squawks and cantor crows. who is really in charge of the republican party? new evidence today the inmates are truly running this asylum, and no deal for you. media mogul rupert murdoch abandons his bid to control one of the world's largest tv networks. ahead, why one senator believes the phone hacking scandal will definitely hit murdoch's american empire. and terror strikes one of the world's financial centers. who is behind three large coordinated explosions that turned city streets into a scene of utter carnage? we're live with the very latest. we are just an hour away from today's latest round of debt talks with growing pessimism setting the stage for a long shot republican escape hatch. in a sign of just how fractured the gop has become, senate republican leader mitch mcconnell has proposed giving the president sweeping new powers to lift the debt limit absent of any congressional approval. administration officials and senate majority leader harry reid praised mr. m
CNN
Jul 30, 2011 12:00am PDT
are waiting for is a permission slip from senator mcconnell. he told them to hold back until boehner had his chance. hold back until the boehner bill came to the floor. that's all history now. the american people want us to move forward. they want us to come up with a bipartisan approach that doesn't have us relive this scene that we've seen for the past week over and over and over and over again, like the old groundhog day movie. we want to get this done in a way so we can say the economy is going to move forward with a certainty that we'll have a debt ceiling extension and we are not going to jeopardize it with the problem of self-imposed political problems and wounds that can be avoided. it's a shame. we waited all day, this morning, senator reid went up to senator mcconnell on floort and said let's talk. let's work this out. nothing, nothing all day long. not all day long. and later at the end of the day, a call from senator mcconnell who said i'm not going to negotiate with up that's unfortunate. the american people deserve better. and let me say one last thing. if senator mcconnell wou
FOX News
Jul 12, 2011 6:00pm EDT
. >> on capitol hill, senate republican leaders expressed frustration. mitch mcconnell says the president only given republicans three options. smoke and mirrors, tax hikes or defaults. he asserted republicans choose none of the above. >> after years of discussions, and months of negotiations, i little question that as long as this president is in the oval office, real solution is probably unattainable. >> senate democrats say they don't support fixing entitlements unless it's part of a grand debt plan. >> i will not touch medicare and medicaid for some simple little deal that we get nothing that is beneficial to the country. >> behind closed doors, speaker john boehner told house republicans when it became clear the white house would only agree to entitlement reform if it came with tax hikes he walked away. boehner expressed concern for the nation. am i angry about it? i sure as hell am. i believe we are missing a great opportunity. in public, the speaker turned his anger toward president obama. >> this debt limit increase is his problem. the president talks a good game. but when it comes tim
MSNBC
Jul 29, 2011 8:00pm EDT
extraordinary. the republican leader, mcconnell, has told the majority leader reid that he will not negotiate with him. he'll only negotiate with the president. i've been here 25 years, i have never heard anything like that. lawrence, you were here in a key staff position on the key committee in the united states senate. i don't know if you have ever heard in all of your time in the senate a minority leader tell the majority leader that he will not negotiate with him. he then, the republican leader offered to have a vote on the reid plan tonight, and our leader, democratic leader harry reid, said fine, if you will permit a majority and mcconnell objected to a majority vote, and then leader reid said so, you intend to filibuster the only vehicle that has a chance of solving this problem in a timely way? and that's where we are tonight. with the republicans deciding to filibuster the only vehicle that can possibly solve this problem since the boehner bill is dying in the senate tonight. >> senator, that is an absolutely stunning report on where we stand. i just could not imagine it turning this
CNN
Jul 30, 2011 3:00pm PDT
, one top republican, the senator minority leader mitch mcconnell declared and i'm quoting, he's confident and optimistic. moments ago harry reid seemed to throw some cold water on the new found optimism. rets go to capitol hill. our congressal correspondent kate bolduan is following this. what do we know? >> reporter: it's changing minute by minute. we did see what could be a significant step in the negotiations just a short time ago when the top republican in the senate, he said, who is a key negotiator in whatever the end game s-he said that those stalled debt talks that were happening that have been stalled all this past week he acknowledged they are talking once again. list engineer here. actually, i don't think we have the sound. that was mitch mcconnell who said he had spoken with the president as well as the vice president and that he says they are fully engaged in serious negotiations. that is a big statement. i'll tell you almost as quickly as we heard that come from the top republican in the senate we also heard from senate majority leader harry reid as he was return
CNN
Jul 30, 2011 2:00am PDT
mcconnell. he told them to hold back until the boehner bill came to the floor. that's history now. the american people want us to move forward. they want us to come up with a bipartisan approach that doesn't have us relive the scene that we've seen for the past week over and over and over again like the old "groundhog day" movie. we want to get this done so we can say the economy's going to move forward with the certainty that we're going to have a debt ceiling extension, and we're not going to jeopardize it with this problem of self-imposed political problems and wounds that can be avoided. it's a shame. we waited all day. this morning, senator reed went up to senator mcconnell and said, let's talk, let's work this out. nothing -- nothing all day long. not a word. later at the end of the day, senator mcconnell said, "i'm not going to negotiate with you." that's unfortunate. the american people deserve better. let me say if senator mcconnell would give the proposal, the one includes major elements by senator mcconnell, but no, they insist on filibuster. he said 60 votes had become
MSNBC
Jul 13, 2011 10:00pm EDT
is enough. >> cantor's not listening to that. >> cantor is not, but mitch mcconnell is, and john boehner is. >> do you think there's enough republicans out there that would take the mcconnell deal? >> i think being pressured by big business and wall street will be. what we will have is not an optimum situation. in many ways, it's simply kicking the can down the road. compared to the other two options of defaulting or making savage cuts on programs the working people desperately need is probably the preferable option at this moment. >> moodies placed the aaa bond rating of the government of the united states on review for possible downgrade given the rising possibility that the statutory debt limit will not be raised on a timely basis. what's your take on this? are we turning the hourglass on the american economy? >> absolutely. look, everybody knows the economy is in disastrous shape right now, if we default. if interest rates go up, if there's turmoil in the international economy. this will make a very bad situation much worse. and i think people like john boehner and mitch mcconnell and c
CSPAN
Jul 15, 2011 4:10pm EDT
what the speaker or mr. mcconnell are willing to do at this point. >> this has gotten kind of ugly in the last week, and it appears that things even got a fiddle at these meetings. it regrets in your rolle -- it appears that things got few at these meetings. any regrets in your role in this? >> this notion that things got ugly is just not true. we have been meeting every single day, and we have had very constructive conversations. the american people are not interested in the reality tv aspects of who said what, and did somebody's feelings get hurt. they are interested in solving the budget problem and the deficit and debt. that may be good for chatter in this town, but it is not something that folks out in the country are obsessing about. with respect to bowles-simpson, it would not have happened had i not set up the structure for it. as you recall, this was originally bipartisan legislation that some of the republican supporters of decided to vote against it when i said i supported it. that seems to be a pattern i am still puzzled by. so we set -- set it up, and they issued a rep
FOX News
Jul 14, 2011 4:00pm EDT
that in order to make the deal work. the land is growing. the only plan out there. >> another plan, mcconnell plan is gaining acceptance and durbin said if we don't get an agreement we will have to pass a mcconnell type plan, and it is gaining support. do you get that sense? >>guest: that plan has been described as a plan (b). a number of us are not willing to consider that and will not support it. i pledged since before i took office i will not support any plan that is not accompanied by a constitutional amendment. >>chris: what happens august 2nd? we have heard scare tactics by the administration on social security checks tell me what happens on that day if we do not have an agreement? you have a plan that would enable social security checks to be mailed out and other expenditures to be taken care of? >>guest: my plan would address the debt limit and allow the government to operate or social security checks to be sent out so i find it insulting the president's unwillingness to go along with the plan. he has yet to describe what it is about 9 idea of a constitutional amendment that he find
PBS
Jul 17, 2011 6:00pm PDT
together. mcconnell has offered a plan that will allow each -- give them an escape hatch, essentially hand the debt issue completely over to the president and have it resolved on election day next year by putting the question to the country. if you want to take the positive or the long view, it is that you have two parties with completely different conceptions of government. this is a symptom of it, and you cannot resolve it, so the people will decide next year. >> my husband said to me a couple of nights ago that we've got each other. i'm not sure they are going to get a deal. i think mcconnell has come up with a clever -- somewhat cynical, but forthright -- the idea that could probably get as out of this, but i'm not sure that boehner can deliver a substantial number of his own folks, and it is the democrats in the house who can be equally responsible to the base of the republican party. the base of the democrats can do the same thing. i'm not 100% sure it can get through the house. >> they have a wake-up call again this week from the business community and economists who said, "do your
MSNBC
Jul 13, 2011 1:00pm EDT
the politics of republican senate proposal from mitch mcconnell that would give president obama the authority to raise the debt ceiling without first guaranteeing the spending cuts the house republicans have been demanding. those republicans notably michele bachmann say it's a nonstarter. florida congresswoman deby wasserman schultz is the chair of the democratic national committee and joins us now. thanks for joining us us. first of all, what is your position, the democratic caucus position on this mitch mcconnell proposal to try to get away from the debt ceiling deadline and the connection with the spending cuts? >> well, i can see why mitch measuring mcconnell and republicans would want to try to shove this back on president obama because the american people are very frustrated. they don't want us to deal with the potential looming default for the first time in american history of our economy and our debt. they want us to sit down at the table like grown ups and work this out. so i think the republicans are realizing that most of the blame from their line in the sand politics is being heap
CNN
Jul 29, 2011 6:00pm PDT
harry reid, the democrat who runs the senate and mitch mcconnell, republican minority leader and a hope that the two can forge an economy that can get through the senate and in the parlance of washington, be, "jammed" on the house at the very last minute. in essence, because the clock is ticking and there is a since of leadership, both sides will come together and decide we have to get it done to avoid default at the last minute. who knows if that would actually happen. that would be the best case scenario. >> we have senator harry reid and we can go straight to what he has to say. >> senator murray asked to be excused because of a family situation. all good. her husband is here. tonight a bipartisan majority in the senate rejected boehner's short-term plan. clearly we're seeing something we've seen a lot here in the senate. but this time the country's attention is focused on it. a filibuster. a filibuster to prevent us from moving forward on this legislation. the proposal i put forward is a compromise. we changed it even more today. we would have changed it even more, but as i indicate
CNN
Jul 31, 2011 9:00am PDT
deal, leader of the senate republicans, mitch mcconnell. the democrats' chief message maker chuck schumer and the president's lead economic adviser, gene sperling. then moody's chief economist mark standi to tell us whether a deal would save the u.s. credit rating. i'm gloria borger in for candy crowley. and this is "state of the union." we're just an hour away from a vote in the senate on a democratic plan to raise the debt limit, but the real action is between the president and the republican senate leader mitch mcconnell. i spoke with him earlier, and he was optimistic about getting a deal. let me get right to it. can you announce this morning that a plan has been reached, there's a deal? >> we're very close. we had a very good day yesterday, both the president and the vice president called me, and the president talked to the speaker, as well. and they understand that with a republican majority in the house and a very row bous republican minority in the senate we have to come together. i think we've made dramatic progress in that direction since april, for example, when the adm
Comedy Central
Jul 13, 2011 11:30pm PDT
] mcconnell swooped in and saved the day. first, pointing out that the republicans have no good options. >> the president has presented us with 3 choices: smoke and mirrors, tax hikes or default. republicans choose none of the above. >> stephen: coincidentally, "none of the above" is also the leading republican presidential candidate. [laughter] but he has a simple way out of this mess: to keep the republicans from being blamed for raising taxes or defaulting all they have to do is ask the president to submit a request to congress to raise the debt ceiling. then, vote yes on a resolution disapproving of the thing they asked the president to do. then, obama would veto the disapproval, and since the republicans don't have the two thirds majority to override the veto, the debt ceiling gets raised and the republicans get to say they voted against it. twice. just like the classic jimmy stewart movie. "mr. smith gives up and starts shooting people." [laughter] [cheers and applause] it's brilliant. [cheers and applause] [laughter] it's brilliant. the gop gets everything they want, except anyth
FOX News
Jul 30, 2011 8:00am PDT
mcconnell plan. i am trivializing. congress tends to flat them down and if he raises the debt limit in ways, if they don't have the numbers to counter them. two-third and the debt limit gets passed. you wouldn't like that? >> not at all. i offered a letter and 87 of my colleagues said don't pass a mcconnell plan. it accedes our ability to deal with the issue. mr. president we disapprove and let's move on but raise it. >> presumably buying time to come up with a deal. i know how that goes. where do we go. in that event our debt is downgraded regardless. >> there is a decent chance it will be downgraded regardless. we pass cut, cap and balance last week, the credit rating said that was the only plan on the table that met the criteria. >> it went no where. senate tabled it as they tabled boehner last night. you guys are coming back and essentially shooting down a facsimile of the reed measure. it looks like we are playing tennis and keep batting balls. >> are they just wasting time. >> we missed our opportunity for real reform. >> is it to say which body. the house or the senate? >> that's wha
PBS
Jul 17, 2011 12:30pm PDT
they are going to get a deal. i think mcconnell has come up with a clever -- somewhat cynical, but forthright -- the idea that could probably get as out of this, but i'm not sure that boehner can deliver a substantial number of his own folks, and it is the democrats in the house who can be equally responsible to the base of the republican party. the base of the democrats can do the same thing. i'm not 100% sure it can get through the house. >> they have a wake-up call again this week from the business community and economists who said, "do your jobs. we cannot go into default on august 2." look at how we got here. the house of representatives had an opportunity to raise the debt limit earlier this year, last month, and they voted it down. all the republicans voted dow this act that has been taken routinely over 90 times in the country's history. now, we have the mcconnell plan, which is as craven as it can be, in the sense that it closes all the responsibility for solving the problem on to the president, provides for democrats to assist in the plan and take the republicans off the hook so the
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